The 2019 Cracking the Nut conference took place on October 14-15, 2019 at the King Fahd Palace Hotel in Dakar, Senegal. The conference focused on balancing public concerns for food security with private, market-based solutions. Connexus partnered with Catholic Relief Services (CRS) to organize this two‐day learning event, which will highlight how public and private sector initiatives can be leveraged to stimulate rural and agricultural development, in a way that improves food security.
Cracking the Nut 2019 provided a demand‐driven, collaborative learning space where participants share experiences and best practices on innovative approaches to expanding agricultural production, increasing rural incomes, and the poor’s access to nutritious food and clean water. This included methodologies, strategies, and tools; networks for partnership and coordinated collaboration; and insights into the opportunities and threats facing developing countries today.
Applying a food systems lens, this two-day learning brought together some of the world’s leading experts in rural development, sustainable agriculture, water sanitation, health, and nutrition, including representatives from the private sector, governments, donors, and development practitioners to discuss the “tough nuts” related to food security, including the themes highlighted below.